I searched for a car hire email in Google's Gmail, knowing the name of the company I had used. However, frustratingly, the email booking included a lot of images with their name, but the only text including their name was the email address. To be more specific for the purpose of clarifying the question, I searched for argus, and the email with booking details was [email protected].

Searching for argus, only came up with emails where argus was mentioned in the content of the email.

Is there a way to look for the search string in both the content and email addresses?

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From the Gmail search bar you can add various flags to narrow your search, e.g., from:argus "car hire" searches for the string "car hire" in any email from an address containing "argus". So if you know the email address but not its content you could search from:[email protected].

  • will "from:argus" find all emails where the string "argus" is included in sender's email? Is there any way to check if argus is included in sender's email, to/cc email, OR content? Sep 24, 2017 at 9:23
  • It all follows the same format, cc:'string' or to:'string' or bcc:'string' or even label:trash (or any other folder or label
    – ljden
    Sep 24, 2017 at 12:23
  • Just note that a single search will show results that match to ALL search criteria, not just closest or "best" match. So you may need to do a succession of searches if you are wanting a variety of sent/recieved/cc'ed etc results
    – ljden
    Sep 24, 2017 at 12:26
  • And (to answer your question) yes, it will return all that have argus in the email address. Try searching from:gmail or from:.com and have a look at the results
    – ljden
    Sep 24, 2017 at 12:28

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